Southern Africa by River and Rail

Southern Africa by River and Rail

Southern Africa by River and Rail

Explore the rivers and wildlife destinations of southern Africa while on a luxury train journey with Rovos Rail and a river safari aboard the Zambezi Queen.

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Explore Southern Africa in the style of a bygone era when you board the luxurious Rovos Train from Pretoria in South Africa to the mighty Smoke that Thunders – the Victoria Falls. This three-night adventure begins with the train’s departure from Rovos Rail Station in Pretoria. It then winds its way north through Warmbaths, so named for its mineral waters, and Nylstroom, christened by the Voortrekkers as the source of the Nile River as the town’s river happened to be north flowing. The train then passes the edge of the escarpment and crosses the Tropic of Capricorn en route to the border with Zimbabwe. After formalities at Beitbridge the next morning, the train travels on the BBR line to Bulawayo, second city of Zimbabwe, capital of Matabeleland and industrial capital of the country. The following day sees the train travelling along one of the world’s longest stretches of straight railway line – 114 kilometres – before traversing Hwange National Park, a rich and diverse wildlife sanctuary where animals can be spotted from the train and a game drive excursion is enjoyed. After a service stop at Thompsons Junction, the
sojourn ends at the incomparable Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River.

Then spend a night at the historic colonial style Victoria Falls Hotel where you can enjoy a delicious high tea overlooking the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge and the spray of the Falls. Then travel by road to the Chobe National Park which is famous for the thousands of Elephants which gather along the life giving waters of the Chobe River. Stay in a safari lodge for two nights, enjoying game drives in the park in search of the big cats such as lions and endangered painted hunting dogs.

Then take to the water aboard the luxurious Zambezi Queen which is moored along the banks of the great Chobe River on the Namibian side of the park. The Zambezi Queen is a 5-star, 42-metre long luxury houseboat offering unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote locations on the planet. Best of all, as a guest on the vessel, you can enjoy a truly unique and adventurous river safari holiday while still being surrounded by complete comfort and elegance. Enjoy water based game viewing where you get up close to bathing elephants and enjoy spectacular game viewing from the river.

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